Green Leaf's cuisine craftsmen chop, slice, and stir-fry traditional Chinese and Thai dishes. Diners whet their palates with a pair of crunchy egg rolls before selecting dishes from Green Leaf's menu of 21 chef's specialty entrees to fill out their meal. Morsels of crispy chicken breast march lockstep across a plate of General Tso's chicken, coated in shining hot-sauce armor ($12.95). Sizzling shredded beef nestles next to hot pepper in a warm bed of spinach ($13.95), and Twinkie and Pinkie, a combo of shrimp and scallops ($15.95), fight villainous hunger like a seafood substitute for Batman and Robin. Green Leaf's prompt and friendly staff will also accommodate vegetarian requests.
The cooks at Masala Wok specialize in flavorful, aromatic Hakka-style cuisine, blending together Indian and Chinese culinary techniques. Pan-fried dry chili chicken, Singapore-style hoisin shrimp, and golden-fried cauliflower dumplings are a few popular menu items. Patrons can order carryout or stay to eat in the casual restaurant.
Chef Ayhan opened his first restaurant on Long Island more than 35 years ago, setting the stage for a fiefdom of successful Mediterranean restaurants across the region, each one serving up freshly caught seafood, succulent kebabs, and creamy hummus. The menu draws inspiration from the cuisines of Cyprus, Turkey, Greece, and Israel, entertaining taste buds with an eclectic mix of dishes, such as doner gyro kebab, spinach-and-feta pie, sesame-crusted salmon, and char-grilled calamari.
At Thomas Cole Salon, experienced stylists use top-notch products designed by the owner and founder to tame unruly manes into eye-catching coiffures. Services such as a women’s haircut ($95+) or men’s haircut ($50+) can be complemented by a blow-dry ($40+) or men’s hair coloring ($50+). Instead of duct-taping road flares to their heads, beauty seekers can spiff up their cuts with glance-baiting highlights ($150+) or a nourishing Brazilian keratin treatment ($300+) that simultaneously strengthens and softens hair.
The dining room at Turquoise Seafood Restaurant might seem familiar to reality-television fans—last year, the eatery had a cameo on the Bravo program Shahs of Sunset. It’s no wonder the affluent cast was attracted to Turquoise’s elegant new digs, recently updated with arched ceilings, crystal chandeliers, and white leather chairs. The food is just as luxurious: the menu’s crown jewels are large whole fish such as barbounia and dorado royal, which are often grilled, fried, or skewered on a diamond-encrusted scepter.
Those looking for a smaller entree can opt for plates of crispy broiled sea scallops or butterflied jumbo shrimp served over rice. Turquoise’s team of five chefs, who have served in the same kitchen for more than 10 years, give equally considerate treatment to the sides. Long Island Newsday’s Feed Me columnist Marjorie Robins said the “homemade green tahini, baba ganoush, tzatziki, and pickled vegetables . . . don’t get better than this”, and her colleague Peter Gianotti raved that “after a course or two, you’re hooked.”
By taking its name from a classic 18th- and 19th-century painting style used to create seascapes, Aquarelle 45 calls the ocean to mind. The eatery juts out over the Long Island Sound, providing its diners with stunning vistas of Manhasset Bay and the pristine marina on three of its four sides. These sights can be enjoyed from amid the dining room's airy, cream-hued walls and floors designed to resemble planks of beached wood, or on the outdoor patio during the warmer months. Here, the staff has created a setting intended to be reminiscent of a majestic Mediterranean isle, far away from the shores of New York.
This dedication to the comforts of the Mediterranean also inspires the chefs, who incorporate elements of Greek, Italian, and French dishes into their cuisine. While the prominent display of on-ice fish and live lobsters demonstrate a passion for ocean-fresh seafood, Aquarelle 45 adopts a wider approach to cooking healthful and flavorful cuisine. Steaks, chicken entrees, and pasta dishes all appear throughout the menu, which changes regularly to accommodate seasonal ingredients and the Oxford English Dictionary's most current spelling for "shrimp."